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As I sat in the exam room patiently waiting for my doc, I switched off the single glaring overhead light and returned to the corner chair.

I adjusted my headphones over my ears, closed my eyes and focused on my breath.

I was in the office that day to receive a microneedling treatment for a scar on my face that was the result of a car accident 30 years ago when I was 17 years old.

Every six to eight months or so, I do this non-invasive treatment to keep the scar from hardening too much. The recovery time is usually just a few days.

As the numbing cream began to settle into the scar, I allowed my eyelids to flutter open and glance around the tiny room, illuminated by the light coming in through the small hallway window.

I noticed the position of the exam room table shown below:


In Feng Shui, the placement of the above exam room table (with the feet pointing at the door) is called “The Corpse Position.” 

In many ancient cultures the dead bodies of loved ones often remained in homes before they were brought to the gravesite. In China, the corpses were placed with the feet aimed at the door, hence the saying, “The Corpse Position.” To this day, the Chinese consider a bed placed in this position unlucky.

Apart from this cultural association, people (in my experience) do not generally rest or sleep well on a table or bed in this placement. Feet facing opposite a door (without anything in-between) simply doesn’t feel safe.

In Feng Shui, ch’i (or energy) comes in through doors straight and fast, and is best slowed down before it reaches a place where you or your patient is resting.

Instead, consider placing the exam/treatment room table at a diagonal to the door like this:


The table in this position helps your client or patient feel safe. It is nested with the head in front of a wall—symbolic of the mountain—offering comfort and protection so the nervous system can relax.

The person lying down is also in the command position. She can see the front door and will never be surprised by anyone coming in without her knowledge. This also helps the brain relax.

If you can’t move the table and it must be in the “corpse position” place a plant, footrest or table in-between the foot of the bed and the door. This will help.

So tell me?

What position does your exam, message or treatment room occupy in your healthcare space?

I’d love to know. Snap a quick photo with your phone and email it to me here.

Yours Wholeheartedly,